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The Journal is positioned at the crossroads of anthropology and materialism, an encounter exemplified by the work of Walter Benjamin. A platform of interdisciplinary dialogue on anthropological materialism and materialist anthropology, the Journal engages in historical, cultural and social analysis from critical perspectives that embrace a wide theoretical spectrum.

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Special Issue | I | 2017
Discontinuous Infinities

Walter Benjamin and Philosophy
Edited by Jan Sieber and Sebastian Truskolaski
Cover A&M Special Issue I - 2017. Discontinous Infinities
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Credits : Jula Radt-Cohn: Portraitkopf Walter Benjamin, etwa 1926 | Photo: Sasha Stone | Walter Benjamin Archiv, Akademie der Künste, Berlin | Design: Jan Sieber

This special issue of Anthropology & Materialism is dedicated to the philosophy of Walter Benjamin. On the one hand, the pieces collected here explore Benjamin’s relation to a range of canonical figures, whose work significantly influenced his own thinking (Kant, Fichte, Marx, Cohen, Husserl, Freud etc.); on the other hand, they put his philosophy into relation with a range of more recent thinkers (Saussure, Blanchot, Lacan, Derrida, Esposito, Hardt and Negri etc.). All the while, the volume seeks to cast into relief an image of Benjamin’s own philosophical programme, its limits and its possibilities, to probe the actuality of his thinking, and to assert his philosophy’s enduring significance at a time of renewed political crisis.

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